Prospect House Association Board

The mission of the Prospect House Association Board is to be an advocate for the use of, and attendance of programs at Prospect House in order to promote a collegial environment and atmosphere that creates campus community and supports the educational mission of Princeton University.

Board Member Expectations

1. Be an advocate and promote the use of Prospect House with colleagues and campus community.

2. Utilize Prospect House services and attend Prospect House programs when possible.

3. Assist and support Prospect House management in the planning and implementation of Prospect House programs and encourage attendance.

4. Bring to management’s attention any customer concerns, operational or programmatic service issues either experienced or brought to your attention.

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2014-2015 Board Nominees

Bryant Blount '08, Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students
A graduate of Princeton's class of 2008, Bryant Blount is working in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. As Program Coordinator, he advises student organizations and freshman Class Council, serves as administrative chair on a number of student committees, and provides logistical support on large-scale events. Bryant is a member of the Princeton Social Professionals steering committee, and a fellow of Forbes College (his “home” as an undergrad for 3 years), and serves as an Academic-Athletic Fellow to men's and women's basketball. 

Bryant is interested in joining the PHAB, because he is “constantly looking for ways to contribute to the university, and have a core goal of deeply engaging with a wide range of areas. This opportunity presents me with another chance to do so.”

Polly Winfrey Griffin, Registrar  
As Registrar Polly Griffin coordinates activities including but not limited to student records management, maintenance and release; course information and scheduling; course selection; examination scheduling; classroom scheduling; grading; institutional reporting and research; enrollment and degree certification; academic calendar preparation. In addition Polly manages the interface between the Registrar's office and information technology support. 

Polly serves on numerous University committees, the Enterprise Systems Planning Group and task forces.  She is also a Faculty Fellow at Mathey College and a Trustee of the Arts Council of Princeton.  Prior to joining Princeton University in 2006, Polly served as Registrar at Dartmouth and Davidson Colleges.

Amanda Kastern, Department Manager for Politics. 
Amanda Kastern arrived at Princeton University in October 2012, after having worked for nearly ten years in a variety of roles in higher education at Harford Community College (MD), Ross University (NJ) and Illinois Institute of Technology.  She is the Department Manager for Politics, one of the largest departments on campus, with 51 faculty members, 120 graduate students, and 184 undergraduate concentrators.  Politics holds several events at Prospect House throughout the year, including lunches, dinners, and receptions.  
Amanda and her husband enjoy bringing their two young children (Abby, 3, and Nate, 1) to special events at Prospect House, including the Santa and Easter Bunny breakfasts.

Simone Marchesi, Associate Professor of French and Italian
After his undergraduate studies at the University of Pisa, in Italy, Simone Marchesi received an MA in Italian Studies from the University of Notre Dame, IN, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. The main focus of his research and teaching is medieval literature, in particular the dialogue with classical and late-antique authors engaged by Italian medieval writers, especially Dante and Boccaccio. While at Princeton, Simone has published one monograph on each of these authors. Most recently, he has edited and translated into Italian Robert Hollander's monumental commentary to Dante's Divine Comedy, and is currently curating a new edition of the commentary to be adopted in high-school and college-level Dante courses in Italy.

Professor Marchesi’s other interests include Italian cantautori (contemporary songwriters) and translation studies, two topics on which he maintains a steady publishing and teaching agenda. In 2005, he produced an annotated edition of the lyrics of the Italian rock band "Virginiana Miller," and again in 2012 a supplement commentary to their latest album for the journal of comparative poetry Semicerchio. In 2009, he has published Un’America, a translation into Italian of Robert Pinsky’s 1979 long poem An Explanation of America, an edition he has done in collaboration with Simone Lenzi.  His current research focuses on the theories and practices of translation in the time from the Roman de la Rose to Petrarch's Secretum. 

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